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SEPTEMBER 17 – 28, 2018 | DON GLAISTER | $1500
This two-week class is designed to help students with varying levels of experience in fine binding to refine and review their techniques, develop more advanced and sophisticated ones and even invent new techniques. Emphasis will also be placed on binding design and design execution. Some of the more advanced techniques that may be explored are: elaborate woven headbands, edge gilding, gold, blind and painted tooling, inlays and onlays of leather or other materials. Students will work independently on their particular projects, with close monitoring and guidance from the instructor. They will be encouraged to explore various design concepts and decorative techniques, depending upon their level of experience and expertise.

The class may be used as a review of the binding process or to concentrate on a few, or even one specific technique. The AAB Fundamentals / Intermediate Binding class, or equivalent, is a prerequisite for this class and it may be repeated as needed.


OCTOBER 1 – 5, 2018 | DON GLAISTER | $800
Sometimes deluxe, finely bound books have leather boxes made for them. But there are many more uses for leather boxes than to house special books. Portfolios of prints or photographs, manuscripts, valuable ephemera or books that should not be rebound all can be collected and housed in leather presentation boxes. This offers elegant protection, a possibility for interesting design solutions, as well as an opportunity for binders to work with objects otherwise not available to them.

In this class, we will make a rounded spine, leather clamshell style box to house a book or other objects of the students’ choosing. Students will be taught how to measure and cut materials accurately, how to prepare and apply leather to their boxes, and if time permits, explore simple decorative techniques applied to the outside of their boxes. Some experience in leather bookbinding is required for this course.


OCTOBER 24 – 26, 2018 | GABRIELLE FOX | $600
Students with particular miniature binding projects they would like to focus on before the week-long class begins, may elect to attend this three-day opportunity to work individually with Gabrielle. Students from Gabrielle’s previous classes given priority; new students may apply.

Gabrielle perfectly upholds the standard of teaching I have come to expect from AAB. No where else can you learn this professional level of miniature binding from a master.


Creating a full leather miniature book requires a unique approach to binding. Though many of the materials used in binding full-sized and miniature books are the same, the challenges and solutions, the handling, preparation and hand skills needed are often quite different.

The books you will bind will be full leather with decorative leather headbands, full leather pastedowns, endpapers and concentrate on design work using leather onlays. An exploration of tooling with hand tools designed for miniature binding will be an option, depending on available time and individual student experience and ability. Structural and material choices, and design considerations will be integrated throughout the course.


NOVEMBER 5 – 9, 2018 | PETER GERATY | $800
Parchment has a mystique and a mind of its own. The mystique we admire, the mind we must work with! The hygroscopic nature of this wonderful material allows it to expand and contract as the environment changes, but the strength and durability of parchment make it an ideal material for bookbinding. Its successful use is a valuable addition to your skill set.

During this workshop you will learn how to create a parchment binding over boards, which will accentuate the beauty of parchment and compensate for its tendency to wander. You will learn to construct a historical 16th century style binding in parchment over boards that is usually done as a “quick” binding. Following that we will make a modern update that is worked more methodically and is a good basis for fine binding.

Throughout the workshop we will discuss the nature of parchment, how it is made and look at examples of parchment bindings. There is an expectation of intermediate skills in bookbinding to take this workshop.


NOVEMBER 12 – 16, 2018 | PETER GERATY | $800
Required for the Integrated Studies diploma but available for all interested students, the type of tooling taught in this class allows the finisher to hand-tool books in the least amount of time possible. This technique is often used for application on fine leather edition work and requires minimal preparation and transfer of the design on the spine and cover, mostly relying on the binder’s hands and eyes for accurate tool placement. It is also a method of tooling that is applicable to one-of-a-kind leather bindings that are not budgeted for a more labor intensive treatment.

In this comprehensive one-week class, students will be led through the steps involved in producing shiny, bright, brilliant and clear tooling on leather books, and will be given specific guidance in the development of hand-eye skills necessary for success. They will learn correct sizing, gold handling, and tool heat and pressure. Probably as important as learning these proper procedures, students will be exposed to an assortment of tricks, short cuts and problem solving techniques that Peter has developed, learned and adapted over his long career. Historical examples will also be presented for reference and models to follow in class.